Romania wants to be region’s main stability and security hub

Ciolacu, the Romanian social-democratic party PSD leader, was part of a delegation led by Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca that met in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. [EPA-EFE/BOGDAN CRISTEL]

Romania aims to become the main hub of stability and security in the region as it wants to become heavily involved in Ukraine’s post-war reconstruction, parliament Speaker Marcel Ciolacu said after a visit to Kyiv.

Ciolacu, the Romanian social-democratic party PSD leader, was part of a delegation led by Romanian Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca that met in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal. This was the first high-level visit from Romania to Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion more than two months ago.

The two delegations discussed the effects of the war on the Ukrainian economy and ways to support the export of agricultural products from Ukraine through Romanian ports as the Russian forces cut access of vessels to Ukraine’s Black Sea ports.

Officials also discussed the support for refugees from Ukraine that are currently in Romania and the humanitarian aid that goes through the country.

Ciuca mentioned Romania’s strong support for Ukraine’s aspirations to join the European Union. Romania has consistently argued that the EU should offer a European perspective to Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia – as all three deserve to be part of the European family.

The rights of ethnic minorities in the two countries were also touched upon, while Romania’s prime minister also discussed with the Kyiv leaders the situation in Transnistria – a region sandwiched between Ukraine and Moldova, where Russian troops are stationed.

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